We're facing a global pandemic.
Just like that, film production has come to a halt.
As much as it pains me not to have the answers right now,
I'm definitely taking this time to ask all the questions.
I'll use this page to share a few articles and resources I've encountered,
As well as tell you a little about what I've been up to during this quarantine.
During the pandemic, I've become the Chief Operating Officer at F.E.E.L. We are a non-profit, concentrating our film production skills and personnel in helping the frontlines. By May, along with our partners, we've sourced and delivered thousands of N95 masks, face shields and cloth masks to dozens of hospitals in New York. Our initiative of Feed The Freelancers has also fed over 500 families in New York and New Jersey.
Together with director Lauren Anders Brown, I'm producing the documentary "When The Shifts Change". Inspired by New York's 7PM cheers, we focus on our essential workers, how their lives have changed and the new roles they've taken during the pandemic. This is set to premiere at the Global Health Film Festival.
Albeit the different politics, races, classes, languages, countries, temperatures, sizes, the entire world experiencing this pandemic together. With interviews on all continents, we aim to illustrate this worldwide historic moment. Along with filmmakers Nahuel Attar, Ting Lik To, Alessio Cappelletti, Joe Giallombardo and Frida Marzouk.
When and how will the film industry be back?
Reopening Hollywood: From Insurance To Testing, Crowd Scenes & Craft Services, Here Are The Pandemic Problems Studios Are Trying To Solve Before The Restart
Entertainment is a major portion of the California economy and, with the production shutdow, furloughs and paycuts implemented by reeling studios, there has been a growing discussion among executives and producers about how to ease back into production, along with the big challenges a return poses. More here.
New Document Lays Out Plan to Resume Movie and TV Productions With Strict Quarantine Pods
As Hollywood contemplates the risks and uncertainties around going back into production after the coronavirus-imposed shutdowns, strategies for scaled-back sets are beginning to emerge. More here.
Film Florida Releases Detailed Recommendations For Safe Sets In Era Of COVID-19: No Director’s Chairs, No Trailers, Clear Barriers For Actors & More
As active discussions continue about setting industry guidelines for safe return to production amid the coronavirus pandemic, Film Florida has released the most comprehensive set of sut recommendations yet. More here.
Lionsgate Production Safety Guidelines
In an effort to protect our cast and crew from the spread of the COVID-19 virus, Lionsgate/Starz (the “Company”) is continuing to establish new policies and practices to provide a safe working environment for all productions. More here.
Prepare For The Death and Rebirth of Hollywood
Production, exhibition, and good old fashion power are all being violently uprooted in tinsel town and where we land twelve months from now is going to look very different from the last twenty years. Cue creepy music and a slow track into a crystal ball. More here.
COVID-19 WORKPLACE GUIDELINES AND CONSIDERATIONS
This document has been assembled with the mindset that we will have to place an unprecedented amount of thought and planning into steadfast attention regarding hygiene and sanitation that maintains safe and healthy working environments. More here.
COVID-19 Protection Plan by Smashbox Studios More here.
from Jess: One of the best drafted plans I've seen so far from a studio for commercial shoots
SAG-AFTRA COVID-19 Resources Page
State of Georgia Film & Television Production Best Practices to Reduce Contagion of COVID-19
How to Stay Safe
Please follow the World Health Organization guidelines! You can also get alerts via Whatsapp.
Dr. Jeffrey VanWingen has the most comprehensive tutorial on how to clean your groceries or any food coming into your home.
Please follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations. These are health recommendations, by an organization, which focuses on saving lives. Listen to the CDC before you listen to politicians.
Worldwide COVID-19 Film Production Guidelines
As the world begin to reopen, official production protocols and safety guidelines relating to COVID-19 are being released by countries, states and organizations. To help keep track of the latest information across the globe, we will update this page, Worldwide Covid-19 Film Production Guidelines, with relevant information as it becomes available. More here.
PANDEMIC PRODUCTION GUIDELINES BY STATE: A DEFINITIVE GUIDE FOR FILM AND TV PROJECTS by Media Services
The film and TV industry is eager to know when and where production is going to be coming back full force, or even half force. As we know, there is no single answer for this, as post-COVID re-opening guidelines are being set case-by-case, per state and local government offices. More here.